Group Policy deployment of PDXpert client

Instructions for system administrators who need to create a Windows Group Policy deployment package to automatically distribute PDXpert client software to client workstations. See, for example, this Microsoft knowledge base article.

For PDXpert release 10.0 or later

The PDXpert download page has a client setup file (PDXpertClientSetupMPx64.msi) that installs into the machine profile, and can be directly used with a GP deployment package.

For PDXpert releases 6.4 through 7.5

PDXpert client releases (8.0 and later) are installed into the current user's profile.

To create your GP deployment package, you can extract the necessary components from the PDXpert installer. The PDXpert client installer .EXE file contains three components:

  • Separate installation profiles for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows
    • pdxpert.client.setup32.msi
    • pdxpert.client.setup64.msi
  • A file that contains code common to both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows.

The correct MSI file and the shared CAB file must first be transferred to a client workstation. The MSI file is then launched to begin installation.

How to extract the MSI & CAB from the PDXpert client EXE installer

This section describes how to extract the MSI and CAB files from the PDXpert client software installer .EXE file.

  1. After downloading the PDXpert server and client installer files into a convenient folder, open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder.

  2. Holding down the keyboard Shift key, right-click within the folder to display the context menu. Select Open command window here to open a command prompt.

    Context menu showing Open command window here

  3. Type in the extraction command:

    PDXpertClient-Rnnnnn.exe /e "C:\[yourpath]\Extract"

    For example:

    PDXpert PLM client software extraction command

  4. Close the command prompt window and note that the two MSI and one CAB file are now in the destination folder, as show below.

    Extracted CAB and MSI files in folder

  5. If the Program Compatibility Assistant window is displayed, you can click the Cancel button.